Shamash Says... : "The Hemingway Challenge"
“Earnest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. The result: ‘For sale: baby shoes, never used.’ Rumor has it that Hemingway regarded it as his greatest work. Stirred by this masterwork, the editors of BlackBook asked 25 of today’s most renowned writers to offer their own original six-word stories.” – p. 92
Here are my favorites:
“Forgive me!” “What for?” “Never mind.” – John Updike
Eyeballed me, killed him. Slight exaggeration.-- Irvine Welsh
Satan- Jehovah- fifteen rounds. A draw. – Norman Mailer
I saw. I conquered. Couldn’t come. - David Lodge
Oh, that? It’s nothing. Not contagious.- Augusten Burroughs
She gave. He took. He forgot – Tobias Wolff.
So, I give you the Hemingway Challenge. Write a story in six words. Here’s mine: